Parsis to move court over burial rites
Parsi reformists plan to move court if the Bombay Parsi Panchayat did not lift the ban on priests who perform death ceremonies in the Tower of Silence at Bandra.india Updated: Jul 28, 2009 01:25 IST
Parsi reformists plan to move court if the Bombay Parsi Panchayat did not lift the ban on priests who perform death ceremonies in the Tower of Silence at Bandra.
The panchayat had banned two priests, Edward Khushroo Madon and Edward Faramroz Mirza, on July 20 because they were conducting cremation rituals, which are not a part of the Parsi culture.
“Would the Hindu community allow a burial at their crematorium?” asked Khojeste Mistree, a trustee of panchayat. The reformists feel this ban violates the right of the priests to practice their profession.
“The panchayat has no authority to ban any one from the community or from performing prayers,” said Kersi Wadia, founder trustee of the Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism, a reformist group.
Jimmy Mistree, chairperson and trustee of panchayat said, “We are not orthodox. We are just thinking logically as Tower of Silence is the best system of disposal of bodies as it follows an eco-friendly system.”
After death, bodies of Parsis are taken to the Tower of Silence and exposed to vultures to eat denoting a final act of charity.